Gartner, Inc. has released the findings from its biennial Top 25 North American Supply Chain Graduate Programs report. Forty-six institutions in the U.S. and Canada participated in the survey.

The report is intended to support chief supply chain officers (CSCOs), heads of supply chain strategy and supply chain HR partners to identify the programs best equipped to help them recruit the right talent.

“The number of one-year or part-time master of science in supply chain management (MSSCM) programs grew by two-thirds in two years: this year we evaluated 30 programs, while in 2016 there were only 18,” said Dana Stiffler, research vice president at Gartner. “We also found that graduates on average are more diverse than the supply chain organizations that want to hire them, with women accounting for 37 percent of the supply chain graduate student population and ethnic minorities for 48 percent.”

Pennsylvania State University leads the graduate rankings at No. 1, retaining its leading position from previous years (see Table 1). The University of Michigan moved up two spots, securing No. 2, with the University of Tennessee now at No. 3.

The biggest upward movers in 2018 are Northeastern University, moving up 11 places to No. 13, and North Carolina State advancing four places to No. 15. The most highly ranked new entrant in the graduate ranking is the University of Minnesota (No. 6). The other rookies are Wayne State University (No. 17), the University of Southern California (No. 18) and the University of Washington (No. 24). Two programs from the 2014 rankings made a comeback in 2018: the University of Houston (No. 23) and the University of San Diego (No. 25).